AFC settle four automatic spots at Brazil 2014

20th July 2013 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has filled five of its thirty-two spots already, with the AFC settling the issue of who they will be sending to Brazil next summer. Joining Brazil at the 2014 World Cup will be Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea. With the exception of Iran, who were last in the World Cup finals back in 2006, the other three are making an immediate return to the tournament after appearing at South Africa 2010.

Japan and Iran progressed as group winners from the AFC Fourth Round of qualification, with Australia and South Korea booking the runners up spots. SO the 43 nations which started the qualification process in the AFC have been whittled down to the four. There could be another representative making their way to the finals, as the two third placed sides from the Fourth Round of qualification will play off for the right to play the fifth placed team from the CONMEBOL qualification. The winner of that will then gain a place at the 2014 World Cup finals. Going in the AFC inter continental play off will be Jordan and Uzbekistan who will meet in September.

Naturally, out of the five nations who we know for definite will be at the finals next summer, only Brazil are going to take any interest in the 2014 FIFA World Cup betting itself, the other being ranked outsiders. The other Confederations still have a long way to go to settle who is going to be heading to Brazil next summer.

There is a lot of football still to be played in the protracted qualification in the African CAF. They are still in the second round, with the ten group winners then having to scrap it out in the final qualification round, which is a two-legged play off. Over in the CONCACAF, they are in the final qualification round, and there is tight battle to make it though. The USA and Costa Rica should be comfortable in booking progress to the 2014 World Cup finals. There is going to be a closely ran thing between Mexico, Honduras and Panama to gain the last automatic spot. The four placed team from the group of six goes to a play off against Oceania winners New Zealand for a spot in Brazil. 

The CONMEBOL qualification in South America is just as exciting. We should be seeing Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile at next year’s finals, but the fifth place is well up for grabs. The fifth placed team will play off against either Jordan or Uzbekistan from the Asia qualification zone. Uruguay are struggling to cling on their World Cup 2014 hopes, as they are coming under pressure from Venezuela and Peru. The CONMBOL qualification, where everyone plays each other twice at home and twice away, is arguably the most gruelling and tough zone to come through. 

That just leaves the massive battle for the thirteen qualification spots from the UEFA zone. The Netherlands, Germany and Spain are all looking in good positions to make it through automatic qualification, with Bosnia/Herzegovina, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland in relatedly comfortable driving seats. England still have some work to do in order to qualify. The Republic of Ireland are still in the scrap for second place in Group C, with other home nations Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland out of the picture in their respective groups. The bulk of qualification will again pick up in September.

2014 FIFA World Cup Outright Odds at Bet365 
Brazil 7/2, Argentina 9/2, Spain 9/2, Germany 9/2, Holland 20/1, Italy 20/1, Belgium 20/1, England 20/1


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